White Mountain All Women's Spike Volunteer Vacation
Date and Time
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Friday, July 20, 2018
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
Registration is required for this activity.
A Spike Crew just for women, aged 18 and older, to live and work in the backcountry of the White Mountain National Forest, while engaging in a worthwhile and much appreciated volunteer project with other like-minded women. You can expect to have a great time in the woods, while learning and practicing trail work and backcountry skills.
The week will begin on Sunday evening with dinner and an orientation at AMC Camp Dodge. On Monday, your crew will pack all food supplies, tools, camping equipment, and personal belongings into the woods with the Crew Leaders for a five-day, four-night excursion into the backcountry. This crew will be staff led by two female leaders. Our packs usually weigh 40 to 60 pounds. The work may involve clearing brush to better define the trail, cleaning drainage to help with erosion problems on the mountains, installing water bars and bog bridges to stabilize the trail, repairing ski trails, building cairns, working on shelters, painting blazes, and other tasks. Please remember that the work will be strenuous and demanding, and that we will be out rain or shine.
The crew will return on Friday to Camp Dodge in time to clean up and join the Friday night barbecue at 6 p.m. Participants may leave Friday evening or Saturday morning- Friday night stay and Saturday morning breakfast are included in the program cost.
These crews are not all work; there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the mountains, see the views, eat great food, and more. After leaving the project each day, the crew heads back to camp. Spike camps are located off trail, relatively close to the project site, although some Spike Crews base out of a backcountry shelter or tent site.
Each morning the crew gets up, helps prepare breakfast, and Support Staff at Camp Dodge contact the crew on their radio for check-ins. After breakfast, the crew takes what they need for the day, including water, rain gear, lunch, tools and safety gear, and heads to the project site. The hike could be a few tenths of a mile from camp to a mile and a half from camp.
All participants assist with meal preparation in the backcountry. Participants will learn to cook quality meals in the woods, and there will be plenty of it. The crew builds quite an appetite over the course of the week. After dinner and cleanup, the crew may enjoy each other's company, take in the spectacular mountain views, or retreat to their tent for a mellow evening with a good book.
"The work was challenging but the crew and leaders were great. We got so much done on the trails. Thanks for a great week!" Julie, Adult Crew Participant
"Loved being above tree line for three straight days, the long hikes in and out and the many laughs - was absolutely FANTASTIC." Tecla, Adult Crew Participant
"All of it was great. Even the mud." Julie, Adult Crew Participant